Adventure is a loose word, a spirit of trying something new, trying something difficult. Going somewhere different, leaving your comfort zone. Above all, adventure is about enthusiasm, ambition, open-mindedness and curiosity.
If this is true then “adventure” is not only rowing oceans, climbing mountains or cycling round the world. Adventure is everywhere, every day and it is up to us to seek it out.
You probably can’t go on huge adventures all the time. We all have to pragmatically juggle the commitments and constraints of our “real lives”.
But you can have a microadventure.
Because you do not need to fly to the other side of the planet to find wilderness and beauty.
Adventure is only a state of mind.
Adventure is stretching yourself; mentally, physically or culturally. It is about doing something you do not normally do, pushing yourself hard and doing it to the best of your ability.
You do not need to be an elite athlete, expertly trained, or rich to have an adventure.
A microadventure is an adventure that is close to home, cheap, simple, short, and yet very effective.
A microadventure has the spirit (and therefore the benefits) of a big adventure. It's just all condensed into a weekend away, or even a midweek escape from the office. Even people living in big cities are not very far away from small pockets of wilderness.
Adventure is all around us, at all times. Even during hard financial times such as these. Times when getting out into the wild is more enjoyable, invigorating and important than ever.
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Three and half years ago I packed my car and headed north. Little did I know, I would find home.
Alastair, page looks excellent and the vids similarly inspirational. Found your channel today and am now planning my first micro-adventure!
Hey - let me know what you think of this page and the vids so far...